Saturday, April 20, 2019



This weekend, it's a box-office showdown between a faith-based drama and the new Conjuring spinoff. The former, the inspirational true story drama "Breakthrough" is the first Disney release of a 20th Century Fox film, and so far it brought in $1.55 million from Thursday previews and is on track to finish the weekend with around $13 million from 2,824 theaters.

The other major contender is "The Curse of La Llorona" starring Linda Cardellini, the sixth installment in "The Conjuring" universe. Although loosely tied to the popular franchise, the film is poised to top the charts this weekend with as much as $17 million from 3,372 theaters after grossing an estimated $2.75 million from previews.

The two other new releases this weekend are the Disneynature documentary "Penguins", which is expected to bring in $4.5 million from 1,815 theaters, and the expanded release of "Teen Spirit" starring Elle Fanning.

Synopses, details, critical/audience reception, trailers, and more after the jump.


Breakthrough 2019 Movie Image

Official Synopsis

BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother's unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith's adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John's recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith's own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.

Film Details

  • Director: Roxann Dawson

  • Starring: Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Josh Lucas, Marcel Ruiz, Dennis Haysbert, Mike Colter

  • Genre: Biography, Drama

  • Running Time: 116 min.

  • Rating: PG for thematic content including peril

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 63% (27 fresh, 16 rotten, score: 5.5/10)
  • Metacritic: 47 out of 100 (5 positive, 5 mixed, 5 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 80% (average score: 4.1/5 from 188 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 6.5/10 (3 positive, 0 mixed, 1 negative).
  • IMDb: 5.1/10 (516 votes)


The Curse Of La Llorona 2019 Image

Official Synopsis

In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night -- and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona's deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.

Film Details

  • Director: Michael Chaves

  • Starring: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Marisol Ramirez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen

  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

  • Running Time: 93 min.

  • Rating: R for violence and terror

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 34% (32 fresh, 62 rotten, score: 4.7/10)
  • Metacritic: 40 out of 100 (4 positive, 13 mixed, 6 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 61% (average score: 3.6/5 from 121 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: 5.9/10 (2 positive, 4 mixed, 1 negative).
  • IMDb: 6.0/10 (2,445 votes)


Penguins Movie Image

Official Synopsis

Disneynature's all-new feature film "Penguins" is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he's targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after.

Film Details

  • Director: Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson

  • Starring: Ed Helms

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Running Time: 76 min.

  • Rating: G

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 92% (44 fresh, 4 rotten, score: 6.9/10)
  • Metacritic: 68 out of 100 (15 positive, 2 mixed, 0 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 79% (average score: 4.1/5 from 86 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 6.8/10 (134 votes)


Teen Spirit Movie Image

Official Synopsis

Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

Film Details

  • Director: Max Minghella

  • Starring: Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Agnieszka Grochowska, Archie Madekwe, Zlatko Buric, Millie Brady

  • Genre: Drama, Music

  • Running Time: 92 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for some suggestive content, and for teen drinking and smoking

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 69% (56 fresh, 25 rotten, score: 6.1/10)
  • Metacritic: 57 out of 100 (8 positive, 14 mixed, 1 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 94% (average score: 4.6/5 from 34 user ratings)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 6.1/10 (362 votes)

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